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Watch Out Chromebooks: Super Cheap Windows 8 Machines Are Coming

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Chromebooks are great if you want a super cheap computer, but they're not without their limitations; you (basically) have to run everything in a browser. And Microsoft is aiming to give them some competition with full Windows 8 machines around those same, dumb low price points.


You know, netbooks.

Today at the company's partner conference, Microsoft announced that HP is working on a $200 Windows 8 laptop for this coming holiday season, with options from Acer and Toshiba that are in the $250 range. There's no word on the HP device's internals, but the Acer and the Toshiba will offer 11.6- and 15.6-inch displays respectively, and run 2.16GHz Intel Celeron processors.


Of course how well these machines will run the full applications that Windows 8 can handle is another matter entirely. We've been down this road before. Hopefully our neo-netbooks can be a little more capable, because they're coming whether you like it or not. [The Verge]

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I picked up a pretty decent Gateway with a Sandy Bridge based Celeron for $250 over during a Target back to school sale two years ago, so you've been able to get machines on sale in the price range for a while. Of course, if the REGULAR prices are this low, they should go even lower during big sales, bringing us into the $150 range or below.